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We all need to do more to ensure that, when it comes to our elections, everyone participates and everyone's voice is heard. Only then can we create a democracy that’s more fully of, by and for the people.

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Sunshine Week: Transparent and accessible government results in stronger democracy for all

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Sunshine Week: Transparent and accessible government results in stronger democracy for all

In light of Sunshine Week 2022, MASSPIRG joined with civic, community, disability and news organizations  in calling on the Governor's Council to maintain the same level of public access to their meetings that the people of Massachusetts have depended on over the last two years.  Earlier this week the Governor's Council announced they were discontinuing online streaming of their meetings.  

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Thousands of Massachusetts Voters’ Ballots Weren’t Counted

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Thousands of Massachusetts Voters’ Ballots Weren’t Counted

In Massachusetts’ 2020 general election, almost 60% of provisional ballots were not counted, according to election data from the Secretary of State’s office. Of the 4,323 provisional ballots issued in the 2020 statewide election, 2,587 ballots were rejected. A ‘provisional ballot’ is provided to someone who shows up at the polls on Election Day, assuming they are registered, but are told they are not currently on the voter list at the precinct. 

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Advocates applaud MA House’s hybrid hearings plans

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Advocates applaud MA House’s hybrid hearings plans

Massachusetts House of Representatives leadership and the House Reopening Working Group announced yesterday that it “will work with the Senate to formalize a hybrid hearing model that allows in-person participation at hearings while retaining the benefits of remote access.”

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Voting Rights Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference on Election Day Registration Compromise for VOTES Act

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Voting Rights Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference on Election Day Registration Compromise for VOTES Act

On Monday February 14, 2022 @ 1pm on the steps in front of the Massachusetts State House, the Election Modernization Coalition and community leaders will host "We  Voting (and Registering on Election Day)" -- an in-person press conference calling on House and Senate conference committee members to include compromise Election-Day Registration language in the final version of the VOTES Act to be sent to the Governor. Election Day Registration is a form of Same Day Registration that would allow for voters to register on election day, but not on early voting days. 

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